The Kingdom of Oyotunji Yoruba African Village is proud and pleased to invite the public, friends, supporters, food sovereignty and cultural enthusiasts to come in celebration of our 40th birthday during the annual Festival of Sango, July 24th and 25th. From fireworks to food security… the weekend is packed full of parades, pageantry, business networking, strategic planning and the Roots and Culture Reggae event, featuring the Natti Love Joys, from Camp Reggae in Isabella, Tenn.

Oyotunji African village was founded in 1970 in the Sheldon Township of the South Carolina Lowcountry by HRH Oba Adefunmi I. The celebration of four decades of Cultural Restoration is globally recognized and supported largely due to the expansion of the Elegbara Communications Media Center and the worldwide video productions of Great Benin Films. This expansion comes through a seed money award from the Kellogg Foundation which also formed the ACRRDC. (African Restoration and Rural Development Coalition). Within the last year, the coalition and the vision of the current Oba/King, who inherited the Crown of all Yoruba in North America, Oyotunji has become a catalyst for coalition building in the Lowcountry, specific to sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty.

HRM Oba Adejuyigbe Adefunmi and entourage recently returned from the United States Forum on Social Reform, held in Detroit, Michigan, the birthplace of Oyotunji’s founder. The Roots and Culture event in Oyotunji at the end of this month aspires to enlarge the number of community stakeholders and food security supporters that recognize the need for supporting the establishment of a Regional Outreach Training Center through Growing Power and GFJI. ( Good Food and Justice for All initiative, Through the strategic planning process of the parent non profit company of Oyotunji, collaborations with Beaufort County residents, Together for Beaufort, City Roots, Your in-town sustainable farm, D town Farm project of Detroit, Growing Power of Milwaukee and other food sovereignty groups, Oyotunji seeks to bring nutrition education to the forefront in the fight against obesity, poverty and starvation to schools, churches and community groups.

Advance tickets are on sale through paypal on www.eyes2the for the Roots and Culture Reggae event. Bring the whole family; there will be games, activities and a party for the children. Vendors are welcome! For more information, contact